|October 4, 2021|
October 4 Government Domain Newsletter: Tucson Minimum Wage
for the scripture says. “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain”, and the, “laborer deserves his wages”.1 Timothy 5:18
My family immigrated to the United States in the 1920’s because America was known throughout the world as the land of opportunity. They took the worst jobs available to get a foothold in the American dream. They worked their way up the ladder by getting job experience. Several relatives became apprentices at low paying wages to have the opportunity to be skilled journeymen craftsmen. Some started small businesses. Most got a good education. Few remained in dead-end low paying jobs. Yes, we grasped the American dream.
The people in America prior to the progressive movement wanted little from government except freedom and liberty. Opportunity was more important than government benefits. Much has changed during the last century. We have slowly evolved from a constitutional republic to a socialist society.
In some states like Arizona, we tie the hands of our democratically elected representatives by resorting to mob rule that tramples on the rights of the minority. What I’m referring to is the initiative process where special interest groups collect signatures on petitions and get legislation on the ballot.
Activists in the City of Tucson have been successful in collecting signatures on petitions to put a $15 minimum wage on the November ballot. The Pima County Board of Supervisors is now considering a county wide $15 minimum wage. I ask you this; if the majority of the people have the power to raise the wages paid by private and public employers, why not raise it to $30 or $50 per hour? Where do you draw the line and what are the unintended consequences of such action?
At this moment, employers all over the country are competing to recruit employees. Wages are rising because of the free market system. There are more jobs than workers. Is this the time to identify job creators as oppressors and workers as oppressed?
That said, every employer should pay their workers a just wage. Deuteronomy 24:14 “You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns”.
Every adult should have the ability to provide for themselves and their families. With God’s help, the opportunity to fulfill our God given propose will be experienced by all. But what about teenagers who need basic job skills to become self sufficient adults? What about the college interns who are getting supervised experience to help them succeed after graduation? Raising the minimum wage will undoubtedly reduce the number of entry level jobs. Fewer workers who work hard to move up the ladder will get that well deserved raise in pay by raising the bottom rung.
Prop 206 is just bad legislation regardless if you are for a $15 minimum wage. The initiative is 6 pages long and filled with unnecessary regulations. The City of Tucson will actually have to create a new department to regulate this law.
When engaged in the governmental process, always remember the LIFT principle taught by the Patriot Academy; Limited government, Individual freedom, Free enterprise, and Time tested truths.